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The Chief Marshal 

The Class Marshals 

Candidates for Master's Degrees 

Candidates for Baccalaureate Degrees 

Faculty Emeriti 

The Faculty 

The Presidential Party 



The academic regalia, the academic processional, and the ceremonial 
program are part of an ancient tradition of learning. This tradition is a unified, 
solemn occasion at which only applause is appropriate. 

The audience is asked to refrain from any other form of expression and 
to reserve celebrations until the program is concluded. 



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Dr. Carlton E. Brown, President 
Presiding 

PRELUDE "Largo"... Handel 

Mrs. Rose Smith, Organist 

♦ACADEMIC PROCESSION... "War March of the Priests" Felix Mendelssohn 

Mrs. Rose Smith, Organist 

INVOCATION Rev. Bennie R. Mitchell 

Pastor, Connor's Temple Baptist Church 

SELECTION "The Exodus Song" Ernest Gold 

The Savannah State University Concert Choir 
Professor Sheryl Wilson-Bell, Director 

INTRODUCTION OF PLATFORM 

GUESTS AND SPEAKER Dr. Carlton E. Brown 

COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS Mr. Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. 

National Chairman of the Board , 100 Black Men of America 

SELECTION "I Feel Like Goin On" 

The Savannah State University Wesleyan Gospel Choir 

Korey Bowie, Director 

PRESENTATION OF THE PRESIDENT'S 

SECOND MILE AWARD Dr. Carlton E. Brown 

PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES 
FOR THE MASTER OF 

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE Dr. George N. Williams 

Dean of Graduate Studies and Research 

PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES 

FOR THE MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK DEGREE Dr. George N. Williams 

PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES 

FOR THE MASTER OF SCIENCE 

IN URBAN STUDIES DEGREE Dr. George N. Williams 

CONFERRING OF MASTER'S DEGREES Dr. Carlton E. Brown 

Assisted by Mr. Benjamin J. Allen, Registrar 
and Dr. R. L. Stevenson, Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities 

INTRODUCTION 

OF UNDERGRADUATE DEANS Dr. Joseph H. Silver, Sr. 

Vice President for Academic Affairs 

PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES 

FOR THE BACCALAUREATE DEGREE 

College of Business Administration Dr. Mostafa H. Sarhan, Dean 

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Dr. Otis S. Johnson, Dean 

College of Sciences and Technology Dr. Charlesworth Martin, Dean 



CONFERRING OF BACCALAUREATE DEGREES Dr. Carlton E. Brown 

Assisted by the Academic Deans, 

Mr. Benjamin J. Allen, Registrar 

and Dr. Robert L. Stevenson, Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities 

PRESIDENT'S CHARGE TO THE GRADUATES Dr. Carlton E. Brown 

PRESENTATION OF NAVAL RESERVE OFFICERS 

TRAINING CORPS CANDIDATES 

FOR COMMISSIONING Commander Garland Stephens 

COMMISSIONING OF OFFICERS 

Reading the Commissioning Document Dr. George N. Williams 

Dean, Graduate Studies and Sponsored Research 
and Faculty Representative to NROTC 

ADMINISTERING THE OATH OF OFFICE Commander Garland Stephens 

ALUMNI INDUCTION Dr. Percy A. Mack 

President, Savannah State University National Alumni Association 

ALMA MATER* Mrs. Rose Smith, Organist 

BENEDICTION Rev. Bennie R. Mitchell 

Pastor, Connor's Temple Baptist Church 

RECESSIONAL**... "Pomp and Circumstance" Sir Edward Elgar 

Mrs. Rose Smith, Organist 

Savannah State College Hymn 

J. Randolph Fisher and Hillary Hatchett 

Let us give thanks and praise to Thee 

To our Alma Mater, S.S.C. 

Thine honor, pride, and eminence, 

We raise in prayerful reverence. 

Guide us still from day to day, 

Be Thou mindful lest we lose our way; 

Help us know that life, short or long, 

Means unceasing work for weak and strong. 

Refrain 

Where Savannah meets the sea, 

Where grassy plains and palms abound, 

Where the Flow'rs are gems of loveliness, 

There S.S.C. is found. 
We adore each beauteous scene and hall, 

Our all we pledge to Thee! 

In our hearts we'll ouild a shrine for Thee 

We hail Thee, S.S.C! 

Immediately after the recessional, the Presidential Party and Faculty will greet guests 
in the round facing the Asa Gordon Library, Kennedy Fine Arts Building and the 
Drew Griffith Biology Building for a reception and the presentation to the University 
of a Tony Loadholt Sculpture. 

*The audience is requested to stand. 

**The audience is requested to sit and to remain seated until the recession has exited. 



COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCE 
Jffllagter of public Sbmtntetratton 

Debra Ann Allen Armstrong Atlantic State University 

Kendra Caprice Carter Savannah State University 

Pawnee Ann Davis California State University 

Darrell Montreal O'Neal Savannah State University 

Cedric Vonzell Phillips Savannah State University 

Sheryl Jones Ray University of South Carolina 

Marquis Jenard Waring Savannah State University 

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Dwight Maurice Battle Tuskegee Institute 

Diane Bell Cameron University 

Tajuana Nicole Bennett Georgia Southern University 

Jacqueline Denise Brewer George Williams College 

Jacqueline Michelle Brown Georgia Southern University 

Janice M. GrifFis Armstrong Atlantic State University 

Schenterial Valentie Kent Savannah State University 

Robert Ray Jordan, Jr. Savannah State University 

Brenda Marie Lewis Concord College 

Patrick Joseph McGuire University of Alabama 

Laura Walker Morrison George Southern University 

Stacy C. Mullins University of Georgia 

Winfred Arlin Murphy, Jr. University of Hawaii 

Lashon Poole Georgia Southwestern State University 

Beatriz Eneida Seales Ricord Universidad Santa Maria La Antigua 

Elisabeth Nicole Rosenthal University of California 

Patricia Harris Stevens Savannah State University 

Maria Lynn Sumner Armstrong Atlantic State University 

Jacqueline Swan Savannah State University 

Jfflatfter of Science tn SJrban i§>tubte£ 

Cherie Nicole Collins Georgia Southern University 

Thesis: The Significance of Space: An Examination of the Accessibility of 
Public Transporation in Savannah, Georgia 

William D. Frazier Valdosta State College 

Thesis: Changing Scholarship on Rural; Surplus Labor and China's 
Urbanization: A Critical Review 



***Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 



COLLEGE OF BUSINESS 

Accounting 

*David Anthony Atkins Savannah, Georgia 

*Lynda Broomfield Savannah, Georgia 

**Michael Orgen Emerson . . . Savannah, Georgia 

Beatrice Lenore Jokines Allenhurst, Georgia 

*Alisa Sevilla Merriwether Savannah, Georgia 

**George A. Mullen Savannah, Georgia 

Stephanie Elaine Rouse Savannah, Georgia 

**Meaza Serekeberhan Bronx, New York 

Melody Marie Webb Harvey, Illionis 

Doris Helena Roberts- Valmont Savannah, Georgia 

Computer information intern* 

** William Patrick Anderson Savannah, Georgia 

**Sharon Brown-Stallings Savannah, Georgia 

Nekosha Chantee Fambro Decatur, Georgia 

Lushumda Vertrice Jackson Augusta, Georgia 

*Brenda Shantay Jones Macon, Georgia 

Ramesha Akkia Lowrey Decatur, Georgia 

*Lucy P. Newsome-Brown Savannah, Georgia 

'"Stephanie Elaine Rouse Savannah, Georgia 

*Cynthia Marie Stephens Savannah, Georgia 

Erica Dawn Walker College Park, Georgia 

***Lou Murphy Warren Savannah, Georgia 

iWanagement 

Cynthia B. Anderson Savannah, Georgia 

Kelly Dawson Savannah, Georgia 

Michael Johnson Monroe, Georgia 

**Bruce Timothy Jones Savannah, Georgia 

Carless Cooper Lawyer Savannah, Georgia 

Chanel Alaina Whitfield Miller Allenhurst, Georgia 

*Lucy P. Newsome-Brown Savannah, Georgia 

*Bettina LaToi Polite Tate Savannah, Georgia 

LaTanya D. Wright Decatur, Georgia 

***Summa Cum Laude ** Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 



jftlarfceting 

James Roland Bailey III Washington, District of Columbia 

Shannon Brazell Ailey, Georgia 

Synovia Quinta' Dover Charleston, South Carolina 

**Bruce Timothy Jones Savannah, Georgia 

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES 

Cnglistf), language anb Literature 

Edward Marcellus Persons Atlanta, Georgia 

*Vaughn Nikita Paul Scriven Nassau, Bahamas 

JfHaste Communication* 

Rashida U. Ahmed Savannah, Georgia 

Tamara Lattice Appling Colbert, Georgia 

Michael Lamount Cuffee Decatur, Georgia 

Samantha Roschelle Hassell Ft. Washington, Maryland 

Merritte Catrease Mitchell Stone Mountain, Georgia 

Nicole Jacquline Staton Savannah, Georgia 

Robin Rachelle Straws Macon, Georgia 

African anb African American i£>tubieg 

Sharmaine Patrice Miller-Brown Savannah, Georgia 

Recreation anb JBark &bmini£tration 

Richard F. Basil Savannah, Georgia 

Sirtsftorp 

Byron Fred Bowers Atlanta, Georgia 

Ryan Nicholas Tomblin Hagan, Georgia 

Criminal Justice 

Sara Brown Bizzard Savannah, Georgia 

Shawnita Maria Conerly Oxon Hill, Maryland 

*Oral DeAndre Davis Savannah, Georgia 

Tiffany Renee Fountain New York, New York 

*Dina Elizabeth Wilson Gusby Savannah, Georgia 

Kascey Teresa Porter-Mincey Glennville, Georgia 

Larry Charles Williams, Jr. Daytona Beach, Florida 

***Summa Cum Laude ** Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 



political Science 

*Tia Christina Harris Atlanta, Georgia 

Daisy Tylesha Hernandez Belmar, New Jersey 

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Nicole Andrews-Nesbitt Lawton, Oklahoma 

**Gladys Maria Johnson Cohen Savannah, Georgia 

Dione Griffin-David Savannah, Georgia 

Social Work 

Mickina Bershelle Averett Columbus, Georgia 

Tawanna Wynette Bridges Valdosta, Georgia 

Elizabeth Clarke Savannah, Georgia 

Edwana Desaro Harris Savannah, Georgia 

*Melissa LaToya Hollis Savannah, Georgia 

Lisa Ann Maxwell , Savannah, Georgia 

*Cynthia Bonds Mclver Savannah, Georgia 

**Claudia Patricia Newman Savannah, Georgia 

Marcella Maria Pinckney Garden City, Georgia 

Elisia A. Rooks St. Simmons Island, Georgia 

RhaQuay Kiemora Rucker Savannah, Georgia 

Dawn Deanna Troutman Vienna, Georgia 

Kenya Iesliah White Forsyth, Georgia 

Josephine McFadden Williams Savannah, Georgia 

Teresa Lavonne Williams .Savannah, Georgia 

*Wendy Marie Wilson Pooler, Georgia 

Michelle Denise Wimberly Hinesville, Georgia 

COLLEGE OF SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY 

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Andrea YaShica Alexander Anchorage, Alaska 

**Dorothy Eleanor Boles Richmond Hill, Georgia 

Kimberly Samantha Boutt? College Park, Georgia 

***Crystal Deon Bright Swainsboro, Georgia 

Johnny Alphonzo Johnson Hinesville, Georgia 

LaVetta Maria Jones Warner Robins, Georgia 

De Wanna La Von Jordan Augusta, Georgia 

George William Lucia, Jr. Savannah, Georgia 

Candice Denise Manigault Savannah, Georgia 

LaKeia Monique Manor Savannah, Georgia 

April Sherika Parks Savannah, Georgia 

***Summa Cum Laude ** Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 



Teresa Inez Shakespeare Macon, Georgia 

*DeAngelo M. Stuart Freeport, Bahamas 

Chara Keiyawn Watkins Stone Mountain, Georgia 

JJlartne Science 

Alfreda Janeen Cole .Austell, Georgia 

*Michelle Schevon Duncan .Newman, Georgia 

***Stacy Michelle Hallowell Rincon, Georgia 

***Daphne Denise Pitts Thomaston, Georgia 

Joseph John Rafalowski Savannah, Georgia 

**Kevin A. Rock . .Savannah, Georgia 

*Michael Egan Sheppard, Jr. Savannah, Georgia 

Cnbtronmental Science 

April LaShon Dobbs Lithonia, Georgia 

James Ryan Forrest Savannah, Georgia 

Tamika Cherise Hodge Savannah, Georgia 

***Andrea Lisa Moore .Savannah, Georgia 

***Ann Elizabeth Thran Tybee Island, Georgia 

**Margaret Yasha Woods Atlanta, Georgia 

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*Tomikia Lasha Pickett Savannah, Georgia 

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Larry James Bryan, Jr. Savannah, Georgia 

Bryant Keith Thomas Macon, Georgia 

Computer Science QCedfmologp 

Cathy A. Hilliard-LaCount Darien, Georgia 

**Paul D'Sean Jones Pooler, Georgia 

April Marie Pullen Wrightsville, Georgia 

***Evonnie Tucker Sparks, Georgia 



***Summa Cum Laude ** Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 



Cibil (Engineering tEecfmologp 

Simin Vahab Aghai Savannah, Georgia 

Emory LaMont Eakins Cincinnati, Ohio 

* David Michael Elliott Richmond Hill, Georgia 

Alexander Heyward II Savannah, Georgia 

**Boniface Gavin McGhee Moultrie, Georgia 



Clectrontcg (Engineering QEecJjnologp 

***Douglas Nathaniel Carr Savannah, Georgia 

Shawn Maurice Lewis Hephziah, Georgia 

jilecljanical engineering 3Tedf)noIogp 

Omar Dante Martin Columbus, Georgia 



Note: Appearance of a name on any list in this program must not be considered as con- 
clusive evidence of graduation. Persons who have met all requirements for a particular 
degree and whose names appear on the lists in this program will receive the degree indi- 
cated. 



***Summa Cum Laude ** Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 



Jlonor (©rabuates. 
g>umma Cum Haube (3.75 ~ 4.00) 

Crystal Deon Bright Daphne Denise Pitts 

Douglas Nathaniel Carr Ann Elizabeth Thran 

Andrea Lisa Moore Lou Murphy Warren 

jfllagna Cum Haube (3.40 ~ 3.74) 

William Patrick Anderson Paul D'Sean Jones 

Dorothy Eleanor Boles Boniface Gavin McGhee 

Sharon Brown-Stallings George A. Mullen 

Gladys Maria Johnson Cohen Claudia Patricia Newman 

Michael Orgen Emerson Kevin A. Rock 

Stacy Michelle Hallowell Meaza Serekeberhan 

Bruce Timothy Jones Evonnie Tucker 

Margaret Yasha Woods 

Cum Haube (3.00 ~ 3.39) 

Andre' a YaShica Alexander Brenda Shantay Jones 

David Anthony Atkins Cynthia Bonds Mclver 

Lynda Broomfield Alisa Sevilla Merriwether 

Oral DeAndre Davis Lucy P. Newsome-Brown 

Michelle Schevon Duncan Tomikia Lasha Pickett 

David Michael Elliott Vaughn Nikita Paul Scriven 

Tiffany Renee Fountain Michael Egan Sheppard, Jr 

Dina Elizabeth Wilson Gusby Cynthia Marie Stephens 

Tia Christina Harris DeAngelo M. Stuart 

Melissa LaToya Hollis Bettina Polite Tate 

Wendy Marie Wilson 



QRfje iS>tgntftcatue of tfie glcabemtc jlllace 

Observing the centuries-old convocation procedures, each Marshal in the Savannah State 
University Academic Procession carries an official mace which is indicative of the power, dignity, 
and magisterium vested in the University. The mace is a club-shaped staff that originated in the 
Middle Ages as a weapon. Eventually, it gained a ceremonial character and is presently employed 
most often by legislative forums and academic enterprises. 

The official mace and stand of Savannah State University were designed and made from 
mahogany wood by Dr. Ernest S. Brown, Associate Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering 
Technology. 

The University motto is "Lux Et Veritas" (Light and Truth). 

Scabemtc Costumes? 

Modern academic dress, has evolved from a type of apparel prescribed by English Medieval 
Universities to distinguish their schools from the lay person in dress at a time when everybody wore 
robes or gowns. When American colleges and universities desired to adopt some suitable system of 
academic apparel a half century ago, it seemed best to agree on some definite system which all might 
follow. Accordingly, this attire has consisted of the cap, the gown, and the hood, the latter two now 
differing according to the degree the wearer has received. 

The modern cap, in academic dress, has the same design for all degrees: black and square- 
shaped with a tassel hanging from the center. However, the color of the tassel usually differentiates 
the field of study for which the degree was granted, the gold tassel being worn by doctors or by pres- 
idents of colleges and universities; but it may be added that the black tassel is correct for all degrees. 
The gown, unlike the cap, differs appreciably in design according to the degree conferred on the 
wearer. The gown for the bachelor's degree has pointed sleeves. It is designed to be worn closed. 
The gown for the master's degrees, worn open or closed, has an oblong sleeve, open at the wrist, like 
the others. The sleeve base hangs down in the traditional manner. The rear part of its oblong shape 
is square cut, and the front part has an arc cut away. The doctor's gown, worn open or closed, has 
long sleeves faced with velvet; three bars of velvet are midway the sleeves. The trimmings of the doc- 
tor's gown may be black or the color associated with the field of study. 

The hood, while not an article of dress, is however, the most distinctive feature of the academ- 
ic attire. It is a black, crow-shaped badge or adornment with an oval opening and worn down the 
back. It enables one to quickly determine not only the degree held by the wearer but also the college 
or university from which he is graduated. The colors lining the hood and the size and the shape of 
the hood make this distinction. The bachelor's and master's hoods are three feet and three and a half 
feet in length, respectively; the doctor's hood is four feet in length and is made with a wide panel. 
Hoods may be worn for only those degrees actually held by the wearers. 

Members of the governing body of a college or university, and they only, whatever their degrees 
may be, are entitled to wear doctor's gowns (with black velvet), but their hoods may be only those 
of degrees actually held by the wearers or those especially prescribed for them by the institution. 

In some colleges and universities, it is customary for the president, chancellor, or chief officer 
to wear a costume similar to that worn by the head of a foreign university. 

The chief marshal may wear a specially designed costume approved by the institution. For all 
academic purposes, including trimmings of doctor's gowns, edging of hoods, and tassels of caps, the 
color associated with different subjects as prescribed by the revised American Intercollegiate Code is 
as follows: 

Arts, Letters, Humanities White Oratory (Speech) Silver Gray 

Business Drab Philosophy Dark Blue 

Economics Copper Physical Education Sage Green 

Education Light Blue Public Administration Peacock Blue 

Law Purple Science Golden Yellow 

Library Science Lemon Social Work Citron 

Music Pink Theology Scarlet 

At Savannah State University, the lining of the hood has an orange chevron on a blue back- 
ground to represent school colors. A faculty member wears the color of his alma mater. 



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